Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering & Smart Grid, ComEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad serves as a strategic business leader at ComEd, the electric utility serving northern Illinois, including Chicago. She drives the company’s efforts to visualize and implement the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy. She is responsible for ComEd’s vision of the grid of the future and communities of the future, system reliability, engineering and planning. Bahramirad also develops frameworks for emerging technology roadmaps and investment strategies to enable higher levels of resilience, sustainability and equitable economic development. To achieve this, she is driving an effort to reskill ComEd’s existing workforce to prepare for new challenges and possibilities. Bahramirad is an editorial board member of Electricity Journal, a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organization’s engagement with policymakers globally, and developing strategies for next generation of standards and frameworks, including smart cities.

Prior to her current role, Bahramirad was the Director of Distribution System Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation at ComEd, where she acted as technical lead for projects including the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, defined an energy storage roadmap and headed an effort to develop transactive energy models. In addition, she provided technical analysis for policy issues related to electrification, the Future Energy Jobs Act, and the Illinois Commerce Commission’s NextGrid process, while fostering a cross-organizational culture of innovation. Before joining ComEd, Bahramirad served in a number of engineering roles for over a decade. She has published extensively on subjects ranging from smart grids to smart cities and has served as an expert witness at the state and federal levels on issues including distributed energy resources, microgrids and advanced distribution planning.

Bahramirad serves on the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Leader Council of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, the Board of Directors of HFS Chicago Scholars, the Board of Directors of Chicago Architecture Foundation. and the Executive Board of Director of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers/ Power and Energy Society. She fundraises for the Chicago Special Olympics, St. Jude Hospital, and the American Heart Association, among others. She is the founder and a member of the board of Power and Energy Society Women in Power.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in both electric power engineering and computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a graduate of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Women’s Senior Leadership program and Finance for Executives.

Jacob Tetlow
Jacob Tetlow
Vice President Transmission & Distribution Operations, APS

Jacob Tetlow is vice president of transmission and distribution operations for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric utility provider serving over 2.7 million residents across the state.  He is responsible for the company’s energy delivery function, which includes system operations, maintenance, engineering, project management and construction of the electrical transmission and distribution system. 

Jacob recently served as the chair of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies distributed energy resources sub-committee and is a member of the association’s power delivery committee. He also speaks regularly across the U.S. regarding distributed energy describing how the utility sector can enable and complement the rapidly changing energy landscape.  Closer to home Jacob serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and the Arizona State University’s Industrial Advisory Board in search of partnerships between industry and education. 

He grew up in Mesa Arizona and graduated Arizona State University in 1995 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Jacob worked and lived in both Show Low and Flagstaff Arizona for over 15 years while working at multiple power plants in rural Arizona.

Ram Sastry
Ram Sastry
Vice President, Infrastructure & Business Continuity, American Electric Power

Ram Sastry is vice president – Innovation & Technology, reporting to Stephan Haynes, senior vice president - Strategy & Innovation. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new technologies and business models in the United States and internationally that will help position AEP for success. Promising technologies and/or business models are piloted or evaluated and then transitioned to AEP operating companies or business units for deployment.

Prior to this, from 2014 to 2018, he served as vice president - Enterprise Innovation and Resiliency, responsible for developing and implementing plans for creation of new AEP data centers and building a robust business continuity and crisis management organization to serve the enterprise.

Sastry joined AEP in 2002 as director - IT Audits. He was named director - Distribution Research & Technology in 2009 and became director - Utility Research, Processes and Systems in 2012. He was named director - Distribution Support in January 2013.
Prior to joining AEP, Sastry served as senior director at Covansys (now a CSC company in alliance with Hewlett Packard), a global consulting and technology services company. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute.

Sastry is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
 

Anne Hoskins
Anne Hoskins
Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun

Anne Hoskins spearheads Sunrun’s federal and state public policy and regulatory advocacy. She joined Sunrun after serving nearly three years as a commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission, where she also served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) board of directors and as Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee. Previously, she led federal and state advocacy for Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated and served as a visiting research scholar at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Prior to that, Anne represented Verizon Wireless as a senior regulatory counsel and served as a policy advisor to the Governor of New Jersey.

Julio Romero Agüero
Julio Romero Agüero
Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer, JEA

Dr. Julio Romero Agüero is Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer at JEA. He provides leadership in the identification, development, evaluation, and adoption of emerging technologies, business models, services, processes, and industry leading practices to improve overall enterprise performance and sustainability, and achieve digital transformation.He has 23 years of industry experience in the areas of technology and business strategy, grid modernization, smart grid, utility of the future, distribution systems analysis, planning, and operations, and integration of distributed generation, energy storage, microgridsand electric vehicles. He has developed solutions in these areas for electric utilities and regulatory boards in the USA, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. He has published over 40 articles in topics pertaining to these areas and is a frequent speaker in industry events.

Before joining JEA he served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Innovation at Quanta Technology, where he led high performing teams in the development of pioneering methodologies and concepts for planning and analysis of modern and future power distribution systems, grid modernization, and distributed energy resources. He has been Adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and University of Houston. He is a former Commissioner of the National Energy Commission of Honduras. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has served as Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee, Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Distributed Resources Integration, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, and Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of DistribuTECH.

He holds PhD, MBA and BSEE degrees from National University of San Juan (Argentina), North Carolina State University and National Autonomous University of Honduras, respectively.

Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong
President & CEO, Opus One Solutions

Joshua is the President and CEO of Opus One Solutions, a software engineering and solutions company empowering the electricity grid to transform into a platform model for the decentralized energy economy. ​Prior to Opus One, Joshua was the Director of Engineering at eCAMION Inc., a grid-scale energy storage provider. Joshua was also head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, where he led the policy, strategy, regulatory, business, and engineering development of Toronto’s smart grid infrastructure, including Toronto’s 25-year smart grid roadmap.​

Lara Pierpoint
Lara Pierpoint
Director, Technology Strategy, Exelon

Lara Pierpoint joined Exelon in October 2016, focusing on energy technology innovation. She leads the Corporate Strategy technical team from her post in Danville, California, advising the company on energy technology trends and running Exelon’s partnership R&D program. Prior to joining Exelon, she directed the Office of Energy Supply Security in the U.S. DOE Office of Policy and Systems Analysis, where she was responsible for policy and analysis related to coal, gas, and nuclear power and energy cyber and physical security. Before her work at DOE she served as an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, focusing on nuclear power and waste issues, energy finance, and electricity storage. She received her PhD in 2011 from MIT in Engineering Systems, studying deployment of advanced technologies for nuclear waste recycling, and she holds dual masters degrees from MIT in nuclear engineering and technology policy. She is a native Californian, and completed her B.S. in physics at UCLA in 2004.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
Founder & CTO, Faraday Grid

Systems architect by nature, mechatronic engineer by education, design leader and facilitator by passion, Matthew provides a conduit of understanding between complex interdependent dynamic systems and the world.

In fulfilling Faraday’s ambition to unlock sustainable prosperity through electricity, Matthew manages strategic direction, technology development and is the author of Faraday Grid’s ever-growing list of technology patents.

Before Faraday, Matthew led a systems-engineering company and was responsible for technical-, client- and project management of multi-million dollar projects globally, where he delivered mission-critical logistics, automation, business and safety systems across the power and process sectors.
Using the company’s proprietary Design by Rationalised Constraints methodology, Matthew and Faraday Grid are designing the energy ecosystem of the future.

Curtis Wynn
Curtis Wynn
President & CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Curtis Wynn is president & CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative & Affiliate Organizations. He has nearly 38 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He formerly held a number of management positions at West Florida Electric Cooperative. He graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor of Science Degree is Business Administration & Management Information Systems. 

Ramsay Huntley
Ramsay Huntley
Vice President, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer, Wells Fargo

Ramsay Huntley is Wells Fargo’s Vice President, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer.  A member of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility team, Ramsay oversees Wells Fargo’s clean tech philanthropy programs, including the Innovation Incubator (IN2) in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, as well as tribal sustainability programs. In this role, he is responsible for Wells Fargo’s support for the clean tech ecosystem, with a particular focus on bringing early stage technologies and companies rapidly to scale to drive the transition to a low carbon economy. He engages with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders to find new ways to enhance this dynamic sector and has a particular focus on clean technology, agriculture, and water solutions. He also is engaged in the bank’s efforts to utilize innovation in support of housing affordability and is working to identify promising financial mechanisms that align with Wells Fargo’s $200 billion sustainable finance commitment.

Before joining the Wells Fargo team in April 2018, Ramsay led the commercial development of Simple Energy’s rebates-as-a-service (RaaS) offering to allow utility customers to easily and quickly qualify for instant rebates on energy efficient products such as smart thermostats at the point of sale at their favorite retailers. Prior to taking on the RaaS role, he managed client relationships with some of the nation’s largest electric utilities.  Previously, Ramsay served as a senior sustainability manager at DIRECTV, launching the sustainability program there and leading DIRECTV’s efforts to report on its sustainability progress, procure renewable energy, and produce efficient products.

Ramsay is based in Denver, CO, and he and his wife are parents to two elementary school age boys and he can often be found trail running or skiing in Colorado’s high country. His personal favorite clean tech gadgets are his 2.5 kW solar system and Nest thermostat.

Nick Osborn
Nick Osborn
Director, AES Digital Foundry

Nicholas Osborn is an accomplished business leader with over 18 years of experience focused on leading businesses through meaningful change. Mr. Osborn joined AES during 2013 in the Investment Strategy group and currently leads the effort to understand and apply advanced analytic tools, machine learning, and AI to the global business operated by AES. 

Prior to joining AES Mr. Osborn worked as a business turnaround expert where he led initiatives that created new businesses, improved profitability and working capital utilization by over $100 million, and executed over $1 billion in capital market transactions. He earned his MBA from Babson College and a BA in Economics/Accounting from Claremont McKenna College. 

Vibhu Kaushik
Vibhu Kaushik
Director of Grid Technology & Modernization , Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, USA. It provides 15 million people with electricity across a service territory of approximately 50,000 square miles. As the Director of Grid Technology and Modernization at SCE, Vibhu leads SCE’s strategic roadmap for grid modernization, and serves as SCE’s leader in applied research and grid modernization, leading industry groups and external stakeholders on industry initiatives, research activities, standards and cooperative projects. He also leads SCE’s technical efforts in deployment of emerging technologies including key integrated pilot demonstration projects. Previously, Vibhu held several roles within SCE including Principal Manager

of Asset Management and Generation Strategy group where he was responsible for driving the major maintenance and capital investment decisions and maximize the returns for company’s hydroelectric, natural gas, energy storage, and solar power plants; Vibhu originated and led SCE’s award-winning Hybrid Enhance Gas Turbines projects and Energy Storage initiatives.

Vibhu received the 2017 “Top Forty Innovators” award from Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine.

Vibhu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a registered professional engineer.

Tim Weidenbach
Tim Weidenbach
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations, Landis+Gyr North America

Tim Weidenbach serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr North America.  In this role, Mr. Weidenbach is responsible for leading the teams that sell, deliver, implement and support the entire portfolio of solutions Landis+Gyr offers to the utility market. He is instrumental in establishing strategy and serving as a primary customer advocate within the organization. 

Prior to his current role, Mr. Weidenbach served as Senior Vice President Customer Delivery, Vice President Product Management and Director of Programs for Landis+Gyr. 

Mr. Weidenbach has worked in the electric utility industry for twenty five years with management roles in transmission and distribution organizations and now in the Smart Grid Infrastructure industry.  His experience includes direct industry experience with fifteen years at the Southern Company in leadership positions.  He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Kristin Swenson
Kristin Swenson
DER Program Lead, MISO

Kristin Swenson leads the DER Program at MISO; this strategic cross-functional team investigates the jurisdictional and technical issues surrounding DER’s as MISO prepares for the future Bulk Electric System. Kristin has spent 15 years in energy working in development, construction, and asset management of generating facilities for domestic and international utilities and OEM’s. Kristin has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Curt Kirkeby
Curt Kirkeby
Fellow Engineer, Technology Strategy, Avista Utilities

Curt Kirkeby holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University and a Masters in Engineering Management (MSEM) from Washington State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington and has extensive experience in the electric and gas utility industry; 6 years in substation design; 18 years in GIS, outage management, asset management, advanced metering systems, engineering modeling; and 14 years in applied research and development focused on energy storage, renewable integration, smart grid, and smart cities. Mr. Kirkeby is currently responsible for innovation strategy and applied research and development, focused on technologies and solutions that enhance the grid and deliver increased value to customers.

Manish Rukadikar
Manish Rukadikar
Manager - Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy

Manish Rukadikar is the Manager of Business Planning and Development at DTE Energy Company (NYSE:DTE), a Detroit, Michigan based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.  DTE Energy’s largest operating subsidiaries are DTE Electric and DTE Gas. Together, these regulated utility companies provide electric and/or gas services to more than three million residential, business and industrial customers throughout Michigan.

In this role, Manish leads long-term planning and implementation of DTE Energy’s portfolio of electric and natural gas Energy Efficiency (EE) programs as well as the portfolio of Demand Response (DR) programs. Manish is also responsible for leading the long-term business planning efforts for DTE Electric to keep electric rates affordable for customers. Manish joined DTE Energy in 2009. Prior to his current position, Manish was Manager of Strategic Marketing responsible for strategy development and implementation of DTE Energy’s business customer marketing program. Prior to that, Manish was Manager of Energy Efficiency Education team. In this capacity, Manish led the marketing outreach effort for DTE Energy’s energy efficiency education and awareness program. Prior to joining DTE Energy, Manish was a Program Manager for Chrysler Corporation’s Minivan program in Auburn Hills, Michigan and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Product Development and Program Management.

Manish has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering in India, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Peter Mostow
Peter Mostow
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the representation of emerging and mature companies in the fields of energy and clean technology. Peter's background in energy, regulatory, natural resources, and environmental law allows him to assist this client base with the development and finance of energy-generating plants and manufacturing facilities. He represents solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, permitting, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed solar power purchase agreement companies in developing their key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from energy storage to renewable fuels in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions. Peter's prior energy industry experience includes project development work for the sponsors of hydroelectric projects, gas-fired power plants, underground natural gas storage facilities, gas pipelines, and liquefied natural gas terminals.

In addition, Peter applies his knowledge of energy and infrastructure project development to assist clients with diligence, negotiations, and legal opinions on a variety of transactions including joint ventures, asset and membership interest acquisitions, venture and later-stage investments, project development and finance, and corporate finance.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a partner at Stoel Rives, where he chaired the renewable energy practice.

Following law school, in 1993-94, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle, Washington.

In addition to English, Peter is fluent in German.

Willa Hightower
Willa Hightower
Director of Strategic Planning, Exelon Utilities

Willa is a 20+ year veteran of the utility industry.  She is experienced leader with a track record of success in achieving ambitious objectives – combining strategy, business acumen and financial knowledge with a commitment to growth and development.

Willa is responsible for partnering and engaging with the Utilities leadership team to build an integrated multi-year strategic investment plan, inclusive of both customer and grid requirements. She works closely across the utilities on budgeting and monitoring the status of the plan’s execution.
Prior to her current role, Willa was Director Customer Financial Operations, PECO Energy Company where she was responsible for the billing, payment processing, and revenue collection of over $4 billion in annual revenues.  She and her team were able to slash bad debt in half in just under 3 years; while helping to ensure more affordable bills for the most vulnerable among us. Willa joined Exelon’s trading organization in 2002 as a Senior Financial Analyst before joining PECO as the Manager of Revenue and Load Forecasting and Regulatory Support where she was instrumental in helping PECO prepare for its transition to market-based energy rates and filing its first gas and electric rate cases in over 20 years. Prior to joining Exelon, Willa gained her experience in energy on the regulated and non-regulated businesses at Georgia Power and Mirant Corporation (now part of NRG).

Willa has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is also a graduate of Georgia State University with and MBA with a concentration in Finance.

Willa serves as a Board member for various professional and non-profit organizations including Marian Anderson Award as Board Chair. She is a strong advocate for women and minorities as seen in her commitment to the AABE (American Associate of Blacks in Energy) as well as mentoring aspiring young women and men who are preparing for their next opportunity … opening doors for others to follow. Willa is also the mother of 2 wonderful children Josephine (11) and William (8).

Ashwin Shashindranath
Ashwin Shashindranath
Managing Director, Evergy Ventures

Ashwin Shashindranath is a Managing director at Evergy Ventures. Ashwin is looking for and works with entrepreneurs and companies who are genuinely excited about being agents of change in the energy landscape. Since joining Evergy Ventures in 2017, he's led investments in ecobee, Redaptive, Claroty and ClimaCell. His focus areas include Energy Storage, Digital Utility, Energy Efficiency and Cybersecurity. He previously served on the investment team at OpenAir Equity Partners where his areas of interest included Internet Of Things and Aging in Place technologies. Ashwin has over 10 years of startup operational experience spanning both business development and product management roles.

Adam Todorski
Adam Todorski
Senior Director, Product Technology, AutoGrid Systems

Mr. Adam Todorski is a Senior Technical Solutions Architect at AutoGrid and has founded several technology startups, led technology teams in business software and scientific computing, as well as designed hardware control and communication systems for industrial automation. He started his career designing controls for distributed power generation and automated DR, including starting an ISO New England IBCS provider in 2006, PowerComm LLC.  He has run wholesale market operations desks in multiple US markets, developed and operated grid-scale energy storage, and put large industrials into ancillary services markets. Mr. Todorski holds a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is both a PJM and ISO New England certified supply resource operator.

Gregory McKim
Gregory McKim
Chief Technology Officer: Energy, Environment, and Utilities, IBM

Gregory McKim’s 32-year career has been dedicated to analysis, design, and development, and delivery of innovative solutions in the areas of energy engineering, process industries, and aerospace and defense.

As CTO for IBM’s Energy, Environment, and Utilities Industry group, he serves a community of over 100 IBM Client Technical Architects, Client Executives, and other technical practitioners in EE&U, around the world. His role is to find, analyze, create strategy and advocate for, steer, and apply leading-edge technologies (both IBM and external partners) to high value software, solutions, and services for IBM’s Energy, Environment, and Utilities Industry Clients.
             
Mr. McKim has particular expertise in the modeling and simulation of physical, dynamic systems, and semantic modeling of information.  He is also a Subject Matter Expert in plant and network Operations and Maintenance, plant design and commissioning, information handover at completion of commissioning, control system design and testing, operator training, enterprise asset management, equipment predictive maintenance, and fleet/network-wide Monitoring and Diagnostics.

Michael Edmonds
Michael Edmonds
Chief Commercial Officer, S&C Electric Company

Based at S&C Electric Company’s headquarters in Chicago IL, Michael Edmonds is the Chief Commercial Officer of the company. Responsibilities include all aspects of the business go-to-market strategy that solve customer problems - ranging from traditional switching & protection, grid reliability, consulting services,  microgrids, & the management of the electrical power grid. Previous roles at S&C include President US business, VP Strategic Solutions covering strategy, product management, and marketing.

Before joining S&C Electric Company in 2010, his previous roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies Inc (PTI). With these positions, he was responsible for the business of real-time energy management (EMS/DMS) and transmission network planning businesses.

Ana-Paula Issa
Ana-Paula Issa
Vice President of Sales, Zen Ecosystems

Ana-Paula is a seasoned energy industry professional, with an expertise in building control platforms and utility programs including demand response. With a decade of experience in energy management solutions, she has both personally managed aggressive enterprise account growth, in addition to leading high-performance teams across inside and outside sales channels.

She began her sales career in IT working for BlueCat Networks, a leading provider of Enterprise DNS. After BlueCat, Ana-Paula joined Encycle, where she progressively grew revenues associated with its wireless electrical demand management solution. At Encycle, Ana-Paula regularly topped the sales leaderboard, exceeding personal targets while adeptly managing enterprise customer relationships.

Rebekah Eggers
Rebekah Eggers
WW Leader - IoT for Energy, Environment, & Utilities, IBM

Rebekah has responsibility for IBM Global Market’s Transformation Initiatives for Energy, Environment, & Utilities and is a trusted utility industry professional based in Los Angeles with a 20 year track record of strong solution leadership. She mobilizes the IBM global capabilities to create business value leveraging experiences managing complex initiative design while operating in intense, results focused environments. Rebekah is known for creating sustainable go-to-market and portfolio leadership for solutions that leverage data and analytics, improve operational efficiencies, and deliver customer satisfaction, ultimately enabling high performance teams. She is sought out as a strategic advisor, keynote speaker, and for engaging dialogue at industry events across the globe.

Jorge Pikunic
Jorge Pikunic
Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions

Jorge Pikunic is Managing Director of Centrica’s global Distributed Energy & Power business, Centrica Business Solutions, which was established to deliver distributed energy solutions as part of a more decentralized, flexible, and lower carbon energy system.  He joined Centrica in 2010, first heading up the Group’s strategy team, before taking over as Managing Director of British Gas’ Smart Metering business, where he led the roll-out of smart meters to over one million residential customers.

Born in Venezuela, Jorge holds a MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering and was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.  Before joining Centrica, he worked for McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, and PDVSA (Venezuelan national oil company).  He is a Board Director of the Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology.

Adam Langton
Adam Langton
Energy Services Manager, BMW

Adam Langton is the Energy Services Manager for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Adam leads the development of energy service products related to BMW’s electric vehicle program. Prior to joining BMW, Adam worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting the state’s development of electric vehicle programs and developing the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program. Adam graduated from UC-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where his studies focused on energy and environmental policy issues.

Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.
Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.
Vice President, Strategic Industry Research & Analysis, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation

Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to electric cooperatives, and is responsible for strategic technical and industry research, business intelligence and advanced technologies trends analysis. Prior to joining CFC in 2017, Peter held several positions working for, and with electric cooperatives. Most recently, he served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest distribution electric cooperative in the U.S. Prior to that, he was an Advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has previously launched several small businesses focused on energy analysis, bottom of the pyramid issues and poverty reduction through beneficial electrification. He serves on the boards of the Energy Storage Association and the Smart Electric Power Alliance, as well as other advisory committees. He is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. Peter holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Hampton University, a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan.

Shuli Goodman, Ph.D.
Shuli Goodman, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director, Linux Foundation Energy

Dr. Shuli Goodman is the founder and Executive Director of LF Energy, a Linux Foundation project that supports open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors. LF Energy accelerates the energy transition and the decarbonization of the world’s economies through shared technology collaboration. Having spent the early part of her career enabling some of the world's largest companies in the world to become Internet ready, she has brought her digital-first, cross-industry background to the electricity sector. With a doctorate in Organizational Systems focused on innovation and the energy transition, Shuli has a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach to solving complex, interdependent problems. She has nearly three decades experience in the startup and ongoing support of governance and multi-stakeholder engagement bodies that have been convened to enable decision-making and provide steering capacity for high-visibility and/or high-risk initiatives. Her goal is to inspire, train, and enable 10,000 developers, in the next 10 years, to digitally transform the world’s power systems.

Dylan Cutler
Dylan Cutler
Senior Research Engineer, NREL

Mr. Dylan Cutler is a senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy laboratory (NREL) where he focuses on optimization of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources and advanced analytics on integrated controls data. He has been involved in the development of the REopt model during the last nine years at NREL, leading much of the custom development and analysis. Mr. Cutler also leads research on building and utility control systems integration and is one of the technical leads on the Intelligent Campus team, which focuses on NREL’s own control system integration and energy informatics infrastructure. Recently, he has been leading the research on facilitating distribution-level energy markets with distributed ledger technology at the lab.

Jenifer Lee
Jenifer Lee
Principal Manager Emerging Technologies & Valuation, Southern California Edison

As the Principal Manger for Emerging Technology & Valuation at Southern California Edison, Jenifer leads the team that identifies and evaluates emerging technologies that will enable SCE to modernize the grid, integrate distributed energy resources, enable customer choice, and accomplish SCE’s strategic vision to decarbonize the electric sector and electrify transportation and buildings. She is a senior leader with more than thirty years of experience in the energy, electric utility, and independent power industries. She has an entrepreneurial work history focused on technical leadership in emerging businesses from cogeneration to renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure development. She has led teams that have commercially implemented new technologies and deployed databases with a focus on project management and execution.

Ms. Lee has a multi‐disciplinary background including business start‐up, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, financial analytics, contract negotiation, project construction, change management, and organizational leadership.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems and a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Arts & Science, both from Pennsylvania State University.

Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Corporarte Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state owned electric utility. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s corporate strategy. In addition, Doug leads incubation and commercialization of new products, services and technologies at NYPA - aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing scalable and financeable solutions that make the energy system cleaner and more efficient, intelligent, flexible and resilient.

Alex Rojas
Alex Rojas
Director, Distributed Technologies, Ameren Services Company

As a successful entrepreneur, technologist and visionary for breakthrough innovation and business transformation, Mr. Rojas has developed and later transferred technology to electrical utilities and large industries for over 20 years. Within the capital expenditure and regulatory constraints of his customers, he has lead and contributed in the fields of Smart Grid monitoring and control systems, renewable integration, energy storage integration, and predictive maintenance technologies. Mr. Rojas was granted a number of U.S. patents in all of these fields.
In his role within Ameren's Innovation and Corporate Strategy  function, Alex is developing the organizational vision for technologies, systems, and capabilities for a successful and sustainable business. 

Mr. Rojas has held leadership roles in challenging engineering positions at global technology groups, including Siemens, General Electric, and ABB. Mr. Rojas holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and Michigan Technological University and an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University.

Jay Oliver
Jay Oliver
General Manager, Grid Solutions Engineering and Technology, Duke Energy

Jay Oliver is General Manager, Grid Solutions Engineering and Technology at Duke Energy.  In this role he leads planning for grid and related systems modernization efforts across Duke Energy. Mr. Oliver has over 25 years of experience in electric Distribution, Transmission, and related technology applications. Mr. Oliver received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Zheng Yu
Zheng Yu
Business Director, State Grid Corporation China

As the business director of State Grid Corporation China US Rep Office, Zheng Yu provides strategic and technology guidance for SGCC’s business development, merger and acquisition opportunities in North America.
Before came to the U.S. Zheng Yu has been working in SGCC for 20 years, from substation leader to director of utility department, to headquarter of SGCC. He is leading expert in China power section regulation policy and transmission/distribution technology. He is in charge of dozens of 110kV-330kV-750kV-1000kV, high voltage AC/DC power grid projects’ planning, construction, installation, operation, maintenance and overhaul. He is the board member of China national standard commission of Circuit Breaker and capacitor.
During his 3 years in the U.S., Zheng Yu Contacts with investment banks, utilities, public service commissions, ISOs/RTOs, commercial HVDC transmission project developers, pursues green field HVDC transmission project development cooperation and mature transmission/distribution asset merge/acquisition. He also Attends IEEE-PES, Electrification/Transmission/Energy Storage/Microgrid summit, and other important policy conferences, such as EEI, CERAWeek, Bloomberg New Energy Financial, ESA annual meeting, share power section design/manufacture/construction/installation/operation experience with peers, spread grid edge innovation ideas against climate change. He Investigates North America electricity market mechanism and operation, compile analysis reports. He participates in Stanford University (Bits and Watts Action Plan) new technology research program.

Stephen T. Johnston
Stephen T. Johnston
Growth Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Stephen T Johnston is the Growth Development Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric Company.  In that role, Stephen advances growth opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional activities.  He is responsible for SDG&E’s intellectual property portfolio, non-tariffed opportunities, and aspects of SDG&E’s energy storage filings.  He has held previous roles in customer service, engineering, and notably the customer generation group which led California through the Net Energy Metering cap and the launch of the Renewable Meter Adapter.  Prior to SDG&E, he worked in the high-tech and semiconductor markets.  Stephen holds an M.S. in Physics, an MBA from London Business School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Fouad Dagher
Fouad Dagher
Director of Innovation, National Grid USA

Fouad Dagher is the Director of Innovation at National Grid in Waltham, MA. He leads a team of professionals whose responsibilities are to identify and develop innovative energy solutions for National Grid customers. His areas of focus include smart cities, renewables and storage, electrification of transportation, and energy efficiency. Throughout his tenure, Fouad assumed different engineering and managerial positions within National Grid and led the development of National Grid’s REV demonstration in NY, renewable and storage in MA and the early deployment of National Grid’s network of EV charging stations in MA, NY, and RI.

Fouad holds a Master’s degree in engineering and earned an advanced certificate in Strategy, Innovation and Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in MA and VT.

Jason Rondou
Jason Rondou
Manager of Strategic Development & Programs, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Jason Rondou is oversees LADWP’s Strategic Development & Programs section, and in that capacity is responsible for LADWP’s entry into the California Independent System Operator’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) as well as its Distributed Energy Resource programs, including demand response, local solar development, and community solar programs. Jason previously worked at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on light rail development and bus rapid transit. Jason graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a Master of Public Administration from USC and an MBA from UCLA. Jason is a licensed Electrical Engineer and Transportation Engineer in California and is the former Chair of the Los Angeles IEEE Power & Energy Society.

Ben Kellison
Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Elta Kolo, Ph.D.
Elta Kolo, Ph.D.
Research Manager, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Elta is a Research Manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint Ph.D. funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her doctoral studies, she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds a Master of Science degree in economics and management of network industries and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College.

Rishi Bhakar
Rishi Bhakar
Vice President, Tenaska

Rishi Bhakar has 25 years of experience in power, energy and technology industries. He has been investing in power and energy companies and projects for over 10 years at Tenaska. In his current role, Rishi leads new investments in energy-related businesses especially focused on advanced energy, distributed resources, micro-grid, storage, data analytics and grid’s edge. He also pursues acquisitions of generation assets, assists in equity and debt financings, and monitors existing portfolio.
Prior to joining Tenaska in 2008, Rishi worked at Wedbush Securities advising middle-market companies in technology and environmental sectors on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions. He has over a decade of software development and management experience at companies like Intel, ADP, Ingram Micro and Fujitsu.
Rishi is on the board of two non-profits promoting neighborhood transformation and entrepreneurship, namely Spark, a community development intermediary and ACG Nebraska. He earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Pune, India.

Chaz Teplin
Chaz Teplin
Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute

Chaz Teplin is a Manager in RMI’s Electricity Practice, where he leads efforts in grid modernization, the economics of clean energy portfolios that can substitute for dispatchable fossil generation, and grid resilience. Dr. Teplin has experience throughout the energy technology chain. At NREL, Chaz worked on materials and economics for solar photovoltaics. At numerous startups, Chaz helped bring solar, LED lighting, and internet of things technologies to market.

Jonathan Woldemariam
Jonathan Woldemariam
Director of Wildfire Mitigation and Vegetation Management, San Diego Gas & Electric

Jonathan T. Woldemariam is currently the Director of Wildfire Mitigation and Vegetation Management. Before starting his current position, he was Director of Transmission & Substation Operations which oversees the Construction and Maintenance of all Transmission and Substation facilities. Prior to that, he was Director of Electric Transmission & Distribution Engineering (ET&DE) Department which included Transmission Engineering, Distribution Engineering, Distributed Energy Resource, Substation Engineering, Protection Engineering, Civil Engineering, and the Customer Generation Group. Previously, he was Director of Construction Services which besides the Construction Services Group included responsibility over the Vegetation Management Group, the Fire Coordination Group, Compliance Management Group, and the Major Project Group.  Before that he was the Manager of the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Services of the Sunrise Powerlink Project.  Prior to that he worked as a Technical Project Manager for the Sunrise Powerlink Project preceded by SDG&E’s Manager of Generation Interconnection Projects within SDG&E’s Transmission Planning group. Prior to that, he was SDG&E’s Manager of Electric Distribution Engineering group in charge of developing utility distribution standards, distribution construction methods, and overseeing the utility’s distribution corrective maintenance program. Prior to that, he was Operations and Engineering Manager responsible for SDG&E’s Northeast District engineering, operations, and maintenance tasks. In total, he has twenty-four years of experience in the electric utility industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering with a major field of study in Electric Power from San Diego State University and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.

Fei Wang
Fei Wang
Senior Grid Edge Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Fei Wang is a Grid Edge Analyst with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research), specializing in customer energy management. Fei was previously a consultant in ICF’s energy practice where she worked on assessing the impact of environmental regulations for commercial, government and non-profit clients. Prior to that, Fei earned her Master of International Affairs with a concentration in energy and environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). During graduate school, Fei worked with New York Power Authority (NYPA) on renewable energy procurement, the State Energy Plan and the ReCharge New York program. Fei holds a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Wade Bitaraf
Wade Bitaraf
Global Head of Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play

Wade is the Global Head of Energy & Sustainability practice at Plug and Play - the most active early stage investor in U.s and a global corporate innovation center. He has built a collaborative platform with Siemens, PG&E, Dominion Energy, Tokyo Gas, Enerjisa and several other innovative utilities and energy corporates in oil and gas, to accelerate digital transformation. His mission at Plug and Play is to bring innovation into energy industry by bridging the startup ecosystem and corporate world. Wade holds master degrees in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

Devin Hampton
Devin Hampton
Vice President of Corporate Development, UtilityAPI

Devin Hampton is the Vice President of Corporate Development at UtilityAPI, a software company that is accelerating the new energy economy through the standardized, fast, and secure exchange of energy data. Prior to UtilityAPI, he worked as a consultant for clean energy startups and investors. He also served the Obama White House as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, leading work investing in infrastructure, smart cities, and energy projects in emerging markets. Before that, he served in a variety of leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including as an advisor to the Secretary of Energy and Deputy Secretary of Energy. Before his time in federal service, Devin worked in state and city politics in his home state of Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and has been recognized by the Atlantic Council as an Emerging Leader in Environment and Energy Policy.

Jeff St. John
Jeff St. John
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Jeff St. John comes to Greentech Media from The Fresno Bee, where he covered solar-power, biofuel and biomass developments in California's Central Valley, and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., where his beat included nuclear power and nuclear-waste remediation, as well as the research and development of biofuels, fuel cells, energy-management systems and other energy technologies. He also has written for the Anchorage Daily News, UpsideToday.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and he won a National Headliner Award in 2005. Jeff has a master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and believes green technology will save the planet.

Julian Spector
Julian Spector
Staff Writer, Greentech Media

Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.

Emma Foehringer Merchant
Emma Foehringer Merchant
Writer, Greentech Media

Emma is a staff writer at Greentech Media. She previously covered environmental policy, politics, and climate change at Grist and the New Republic. Emma studied Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.

Bob Champagne
Bob Champagne
Senior Vice President, Innowatts

Bob is Senior Vice President of Market Development at Innowatts, a Houston based energy technology platform that delivers smart meter analytics, predictive energy intelligence, and AI enabled applications to energy providers worldwide- helping them to digitally transform their business and reinvent the customer energy experience. Bob has spent over 30 years in the energy sector and has worked with several dozen leading utilities and retail energy providers to improve customer analytics capabilities and extend its ROI more broadly across the energy value chain.  A graduate of Louisiana State University, Bob began his career with Entergy in New Orleans before relocating to Northern New Jersey where he currently resides.

Erik Birkerts
Erik Birkerts
CEO, Clean Energy Trust

Erik Birkerts is the CEO of Clean Energy Trust. He leads the organization in its mission to bring cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact clean technology startups from the Midwest. Erik has over 25 years of operational, financial, and general management experience and has been active in the energy efficiency and clean technology sector for over 15 years.

Before joining Clean Energy Trust, Erik was on the senior management teams for two IPOs of venture capital backed companies, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-traded Orion Energy Systems as it scaled from $12 million in revenues to over $80 million. Erik currently serves on the Board of Directors for Milbank Manufacturing, the largest manufacturer in the U.S. of electrical metering housings and related equipment, including electric vehicle charging equipment and smart grid technologies. Erik also serves as a senior advisor to Metrus Energy (energy efficiency finance), and a board observer for Aker (precision agriculture), GoElectric (smart grid), SiNode Systems (advanced materials), and Intellihot (energy efficiency).

Erik earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.

Brett Simon
Brett Simon
Senior Analyst, Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Brett Simon is a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables - formerly GTM Research, focusing on the U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage market. He leads GTM Research’s quarterly U.S. storage market report, The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, published in collaboration with the Energy Storage Association. Prior to joining GTM, Brett earned a Master of Science degree in sustainable systems at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. He first became interested in energy storage systems and their potential to revolutionize the energy sector through his coursework and master's project. Brett also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and environmental studies from New York University.

Isaac Maze-Rothstein
Isaac Maze-Rothstein
Research Associate, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Isaac Maze-Rothstein is a Research Associate for Wood Mackenzie’s Grid Edge team,focused on microgrids. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Isaac led Solstice Initiative’s community solar outreach. He alsosupported clean technology start-ups in Greentown Labs connect with strategic partners. He graduated with honors from Williams College with a major in Political Science.One sentence: Isaac conductsresearch andanalysis onmicrogrids and related technologies in North America.Isaacanalyzesthemicrogrid market and related technologies in North America.HejoinedWood Mackenzie in 2017.Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Isaac had avarietyof roles with clean technology startupsas a sales lead and process analyst.

Francesco Menonna
Francesco Menonna
Research Analyst, Grid Edge, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Francesco Menonna is part of Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables’ Grid Edge team, where he’s responsible for covering distribution grid modernization – starting with Advanced Metering Infrastructure – and Non-Wires Alternatives.

Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Francesco was Senior Power & Renewables Analyst at Fitch Solutions, providing qualitative and quantitative research on industry, policy and technology trends in electricity markets in the Americas and Europe. Previously, he was a research intern for the International Energy Forum in Washington, D.C. and an intern consultant for Acumen Public Affairs in Brussels.

Francesco holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., where he concentrated on Energy, Resources and Environment. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy.

Ric O’Connell
Ric O’Connell
Executive Director, GridLab

Ric is the Executive Director of GridLab, an organization that provides technical expertise grid transformation. GridLab assists policy makers, advocates, and other energy decision makers to implement a reliable, low carbon grid. A recognized leader in renewable energy technology and policy, Ric has provided engineering support for more than 8 GW of utility scale solar projects worldwide, including several of the largest projects in the world.
Prior to GridLab, Ric was at Black & Veatch for 12 years where he was instrumental in building the global renewable energy consulting practice. While at Black & Veatch, Ric provided expertise to the Energy Foundation China program and had leadership roles on a number of high profile policy studies including 20 percent Wind Energy by 2030, and the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative.
Ric has a BSEE from Duke University and a Master's in Renewable Energy Policy from CU Boulder. Ric serves on the board of the Energy Systems Integration Group (esig.energy).

Venkat Bahl
Venkat Bahl
Chief Revenue Officer, Sentient Energy

Venkat Bahl joined Sentient Energy in 2016 as Vice President of Sales.   Prior to joining Sentient, Venkat was the sales leader for wireless technologies at Emerson Process Management, a Fortune 100 company, where he helped scale the fledgling wireless business to over $300 million in 5 years.  He was also previously a founding member of the ZigBee Alliance, and was the Alliance’s first Vice Chair and Marketing Chair. At the Zigbee Alliance, he helped guide the strategy and execution of the business plan that resulted in establishing the Alliance as one of the key industry protocols enabling the edge of the smart grid and IoT businesses in the industrial and commercial segments.  He also held senior level positions at Philips, Ember, and most recently Apprion.

Venkat has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Economics degree from Loyola College, Chennai.

Advisory Board

Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering & Smart Grid, ComEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad serves as a strategic business leader at ComEd, the electric utility serving northern Illinois, including Chicago. She drives the company’s efforts to visualize and implement the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy. She is responsible for ComEd’s vision of the grid of the future and communities of the future, system reliability, engineering and planning. Bahramirad also develops frameworks for emerging technology roadmaps and investment strategies to enable higher levels of resilience, sustainability and equitable economic development. To achieve this, she is driving an effort to reskill ComEd’s existing workforce to prepare for new challenges and possibilities. Bahramirad is an editorial board member of Electricity Journal, a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organization’s engagement with policymakers globally, and developing strategies for next generation of standards and frameworks, including smart cities.

Prior to her current role, Bahramirad was the Director of Distribution System Planning, Smart Grid & Innovation at ComEd, where she acted as technical lead for projects including the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, defined an energy storage roadmap and headed an effort to develop transactive energy models. In addition, she provided technical analysis for policy issues related to electrification, the Future Energy Jobs Act, and the Illinois Commerce Commission’s NextGrid process, while fostering a cross-organizational culture of innovation. Before joining ComEd, Bahramirad served in a number of engineering roles for over a decade. She has published extensively on subjects ranging from smart grids to smart cities and has served as an expert witness at the state and federal levels on issues including distributed energy resources, microgrids and advanced distribution planning.

Bahramirad serves on the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Leader Council of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, the Board of Directors of HFS Chicago Scholars, the Board of Directors of Chicago Architecture Foundation. and the Executive Board of Director of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers/ Power and Energy Society. She fundraises for the Chicago Special Olympics, St. Jude Hospital, and the American Heart Association, among others. She is the founder and a member of the board of Power and Energy Society Women in Power.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in both electric power engineering and computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a graduate of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Women’s Senior Leadership program and Finance for Executives.

Sergej Mahnovski
Sergej Mahnovski
Director, Growth & Innovation, Edison International

Sergej Mahnovski is Director of Growth and Innovation at Edison International, where he leads a team focused on the identification, incubation and commercialization of growth opportunities from emerging technologies, new business models and strategic collaborations in four key focus areas of clean energy, transportation electrification, grid edge, and customer choice.

Sergej previously served as the Director of the Utility of the Future team at Consolidated Edison. Sergej also served as the head of New York City’s energy and sustainability agency for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where his team developed a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in NYC by 80 percent by 2050, and a comprehensive strategy for rebuilding critical energy infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy. The team was awarded the Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation for developing new approaches to reducing air pollution in NYC. Sergej also served as a Chair and co-founder of the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation.

Sergej has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was previously Director for the Global Power Group at IHS CERA and Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sergej holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History from Stanford University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Alexandre Torreele
Alexandre Torreele
Head of Innovation, Strategy & Business Development, Elia
Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Corporarte Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state owned electric utility. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s corporate strategy. In addition, Doug leads incubation and commercialization of new products, services and technologies at NYPA - aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing scalable and financeable solutions that make the energy system cleaner and more efficient, intelligent, flexible and resilient.

Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Principal, Innovation & Partnerships, Exelon Utilities

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Eliano Russo
Eliano Russo
Head of e-industries, Enel
Ashwin Shashindranath
Ashwin Shashindranath
Managing Director, Evergy Ventures

Ashwin Shashindranath is a Managing director at Evergy Ventures. Ashwin is looking for and works with entrepreneurs and companies who are genuinely excited about being agents of change in the energy landscape. Since joining Evergy Ventures in 2017, he's led investments in ecobee, Redaptive, Claroty and ClimaCell. His focus areas include Energy Storage, Digital Utility, Energy Efficiency and Cybersecurity. He previously served on the investment team at OpenAir Equity Partners where his areas of interest included Internet Of Things and Aging in Place technologies. Ashwin has over 10 years of startup operational experience spanning both business development and product management roles.

Ben Kellison
Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Mark Dyson
Mark Dyson
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mark’s work focuses on several topics related to the changing nature of the electricity grid. Mark has contributed to RMI’s work on new approaches to grid resource planning that better account for the expanding role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Mark also helped lead RMI’s analysis of the potential of demand flexibility to reduce grid emissions and costs, and has engaged with several industry partners to launch new business models that take advantage of that potential.

BACKGROUND
Prior to joining RMI, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy software for grid dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large energy companies. Mark has also held research positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on improving regional electricity system planning models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on analysis of the potential for aggregated demand response programs to provide ancillary services.